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War and Treaty lead singer at High Water Festival

High Water Festival

I recently attended the third annual High Water Festival at Riverfront Park. The two-day event was curated to appeal to music and food lovers. The lineup was stacked with powerhouse musical acts like Leon Bridges, Jenny Lewis, The Head and The Heart, and many more. For the foodies, Pass the Peas brunch and Low Tide Social provided outstanding noshes and cocktails.

Le Creuset pot top at Pass the Peas brunch in Charleston SC

I started my Saturday morning with Pass the Peas a 4-course brunch. I tagged alongside the Le Creuset team to partake in the flower crown making, imbibing, and scent-sniffing from Candlefish candles. The meal was served family style on long tables allowing for us to mingle with newly-made friends. All of the meals were served in Le Creuset dishes, perfect for cooking serving, and dining. The gorgeous decor, people, and food inspired me to create a playlist that would be perfect for any dining setting. Give it a listen here. As for the food, chefs Jacques Larson of Wild Olive and The Obstinate Daughter, and Shuai Wang from Jackrabbit Fillycollaborated alongside Cappie Peete of Ashley Christensen Restaurants and Craig Nelson of Proof for an amazing menu. Check out the sample menu.

chefs at pass the peas brunch

The afternoon was filled with music from The War and Treaty, Mitski, Lord Huron, Leon Bridges, and so many more. The park is divided by two stages where acts play asynchronous making it easy for concert-goers to hear and see each performance. The landscape made it convenient for large groups and families with children to spread out. Something I noticed was the large number of families and individuals with children. This festival was perfect for such a demographic. Another aspect of the festival which stood out to me was the lack of a local stage. Charleston has a plethora of musicians that would help draw a crowd from nearby neighborhoods or assist with pulling a diverse audience. The inclusion would make this homegrown festival even truer to its roots. The Charleston-based band, Shrimp Records Family Band, had a spot in the lineup but perhaps securing a dedicated stage/area would help show off the local musical talent in a more effective manner.

This was my first time attending High Water and overall it was lovely. What’s not to enjoy? You’re sitting on the Cooper River overlooking the water while listening to live music. It seems this festival keeps getting better with every year that passes. I look forward to seeing what’s in store for 2020.

Music Confab 2018

Charleston Music Confab 2018 event poster

It’s Charleston Music Confab time again! The fourth annual multi-genre music conference is kicking off this Thursday night. I had a chance to chat with Dave Stewart, Confab founder, yesterday to get a preview of the upcoming events. I asked Dave the following questions, and you can listen to Dave’s answers in the recording below.

  1. Every year Confab keeps expanding the musical lineup and this year you’ve added some large acts like Houndmouth, The Wild Feathers, and Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors, what was the reason for including some of these bigger name bands this year?
  2. Besides the great nighttime showcases, there are educational seminars during the day. What are some of the most important ones to attend if you’re an aspiring musician?
  3. This is also a great time to network and discover some great upcoming talent, do you have some bands that stand out to you this year?

There are still tickets available and you can see the full schedule here.


Spring Jam Recap

Spring_Jam_logoA week ago was an epic day of music, friends and thankfully, great weather. Spring Jam was an amazing display of hard work and an overwhelming support for music. I hope you all were able to catch my three part series on all of the artists, if not you can read those posts here, here and here. Unfortunately, I had to leave before Leftover Salmon, but from the looks of it they brought down The Grove.

Music is such a huge part of my life and being able to write about it is a dream. My longevity and survival as well as the musician’s are contingent upon other’s support. If you find a band you believe in and love please buy their albums, attend their concerts and generate a buzz. Let’s create a harmonious relationship of equal love and support so our favorite bands will be around for years to come.

Shout out to Gusto Group for allowing me to capture these moments and putting up with my constant harassment. 🙂

Here’s to next year’s Spring Jam,

A pictorial recap of some musical moments:

DSC_0038Sol Black

DSC_0050DSC_0043The High Divers

DSC_0075DSC_0076The Travelin’ Kine

DSC_0090 DSC_0085Lefty at the Washout

DSC_0147 DSC_0119Milo Greene

DSC_0177 DSC_0166Delta Spirit

DSC_0214 DSC_0215Ed Roland and the Sweet Tea Project

*For more pictures, check out my Spring Jam album on Facebook.

Spring Jam Preview #3

Spring_Jam_logoLadies and gents, hipsters and prepsters, lovers and friends, are we ready for this weekend? We are closing in on the weekend, where hopefully the hijinks and happenstance will be on overload and the libations will be in excess. The sun will be smiling and the earth will be warm from concertgoers’ dancing. Huge shout out to Spring Jam Music Fest for the mentions, retweets and support of this ongoing piece. It is refreshing to find others that share your passion for live music and supporting local bands. If you see me shaking my fanny or knocking back some local brews, please come by and say hello. Let’s celebrate the hard work of the organizers, bands, sponsors and supporters of music, merriment and most of all, the Holy City.

See Y’all There,

Ed Roland & The Sweet Tea Project

sweet_tea_projectCollective Soul‘s Ed Roland returned to his southern roots with the formation of his band, The Sweet Tea Project, in 2011. The Sweet Tea Project brings an Americana sound to Spring Jam including some banjo pickin’. Make sure to check them out at 5:30 pm.

Disco Teepee Song Pick: “Going To Birmingham”

Leftover Salmon

leftover_salmonThis year’s headliners, Leftover Salmon, blends jam band, bluegrass, Americana and a hint of rock ‘n’ roll into one jammin’ good time. They have a loyal following and sure to bring out the good times for tomorrow’s show.

 Disco Teepee Song Pick: “Aquatic Hitchhiker”

Disco Teepee